"Opioids: America’s Modern Scourge"

ACT Missouri Opioid Summit

Cosponsored by ACT Missouri and Healthy Blue

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sharif Mohr, Drug Free America Foundation

ACT Missouri Opioid Summit

Dr. Sharif Mohr

Dr. Sharif MohrSharif Mohr is an epidemiologist with Drug Free America Foundation where he collects, analyzes, and interprets epidemiological data on substance abuse trends in order to inform program planning and policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to joining Drug Free America Foundation, he worked on a variety of public health problems both domestically and abroad. Previous projects include HIV prevention among people who inject drugs (PWID) in SE Asia, serum vitamin D status and cancer risk in the US, and risk factors for urban leptospirosis in NE Brazil. Sharif is very passionate about substance abuse research and preventing drug use through science and policy based solutions. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of South Florida in 2000, his Master of Public Health in International Health from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego in 2012.


Dr. Sharif Mohr’s presentation will cover:
  • Opioid Pharmacology
  • The history of opioid use globally and in the USA
  • Epidemiology of opioid use at the national and state level
  • Current trends in the opioid epidemic and the impact of COVID
  • Strategies to address the crisis: A focus on demand reduction
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ACT Missouri

About Act Missouri: For more than 30 years, ACT Missouri has been serving as a statewide prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. Additionally, Act Missouri is home to the Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) which is funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Through the Mid-America PTTC, Act Missouri provides intensive technical assistance to support organizations’ and systems’ efforts to implement evidence-based prevention strategies across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

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Healthy Blue

About Healthy Blue: Healthy Blue is a Medicaid product offered by Missouri Care, Inc. an Anthem company, a MO Health Net Managed Care health plan contracting with the Missouri Department of Social Services. Healthy Blue is administered by Missouri Care, Inc. in cooperation with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Missouri Care, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City are both independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Healthy Blue recognizes the challenges low-income and underserved individuals face, and tailors its programs such that health plan members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Healthy Blue provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their healthcare. To learn more about Healthy Blue, visit www.myhealthybluemo.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyBlueMO and LinkedIn @healthy-blue-mo.